- Published 12 Jul 2014
Jesus fulfilled this promise when He lived on earth. He healed people with fever (Matthew 8:14-17), paralysis (Mark 2:1-12), and leprosy (Luke 5:12-14). He healed the lame (John 5:5-9) and the blind (Mark 10:46-52). He even cast out demons (Matthew 8:28-34). This is a very small selection of Scripture passages where we can see the healing power of God. During His years of ministry, Jesus healed so many people that the Scripture cannot contain their names: “Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well” (Mark 6:56).
- Published 10 Jul 2014
Who among us would sit down and begin writing words like these? We ask ourselves what must have motivated the writer of these words to pour out the thoughts of his heart so graphically. What situation prompted such a hungering for God? Was this man in desperate straights? Verse 3 gives us some insight: “My tears have been my food day and night ...” He was in the throes of some great trial. He was fasting and praying. Obviously he was waiting for God’s help in a certain situation, and it seemed that God wasn’t answering. He must have testified that he was trusting in God for help, because people around him were taunting him scornfully: “Where is your God?” Again and again he responded by pouring out his pain and heartache to God, taking hold of his heavenly Helper by faith.
- Published 05 Jul 2014
Nestled in the book of Acts is a seemingly insignificant event in the life of the apostle Paul. Luke tells of how the evangelistic team left Philippi after the Easter celebration and took the five-day sea voyage to Troas. They spent seven days here, days that surely exhausted the physical and emotional reserves of these ardent laborers in God’s vineyard. On the final day, before an audience that was eager to eke out every morsel of spiritual food from the apostles, Paul preached until midnight, and then encouraged the faithful until dawn. The next day, the team boarded a ship headed to Assos. But Paul did not join them for the sea journey. Why not?
- Published 17 Apr 2014
I once gave a gospel lecture in Zurich. Every time I went to the lecture hall in the convention center, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of this cosmopolitan city. It is as if all the splendor of the world is spread out between the great sea and the green mountains. And the magnificent great hall in the beautiful convention center harmonizes with this great city.
But apparently all the beauty and all the riches of such a city cannot satiate the heart of man. That is why many people came streaming in to hear the gospel.
- Published 16 Apr 2014
During their last evening together, Jesus revealed deep truths to His disciples. They would understand and experience the importance and far-reaching impact of these teachings only much later. One of these priceless truths was the ordinance of footwashing.
Once again, the Jews gathered to celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus and His disciples met in a large upstairs room to eat the Passover meal. Just as He had done so often in the past few days, Jesus spoke of His suffering and death. It was, after all, the last Passover Jesus would spend with His disciples. Jesus shared many warnings and much good advice with His disciples on this occasion. He particularly emphasized the relative positions of the disciples.
- Published 14 Apr 2014
When John the Baptist spoke about Jesus, he said: "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, ... He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire" (Matthew 3:11). Here we see the promise of a baptism of Spirit and fire. Jesus also preached repentance (please read Matthew 4:17) and baptized with water (John 3:22, 26; 4:1-2). Just before He ascended into heaven, He said to His disciples: "for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now" (Acts 1:5).
- Published 07 Apr 2014
According to the Bible, our redemption, forgiveness of sin, and salvation hinge on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. If Jesus had died on the cross but remained in the grave, His death would have no redeeming power. The apostle Paul clearly states in 1 Corinthians 15:17: "And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!"